Women in Zimbabwe arrested for protesting inequitable schools.

Four women were arrested for protesting schools that are turning away poor children that are unable to pay their school fees.

The women were part of a group involved in a community based protest aimed at both Government and Council schools, which have continued to turn away children for non-payment of fees.
The women delivered messages to schools in Bulawayo and Harare requesting that Headmasters stop sending children away for non-payment of fees.
In Chitungwiza, over 200 women visited three schools, namely Fungisai Government, Farai Council and Seke High Schools.

I mean that is pretty low.
via African News Dimension.

Four women were arrested for protesting schools that are turning away poor children that are unable to pay their school fees.

The women were part of a group involved in a community based protest aimed at both Government ...

Empowering women in India to have control of natural resources.

In the face of several problematic policies and economic transactions that have taken natural resources and seed ownership out of the hands of female farmers in several third world contexts, the government of India is attempting to give back some power to the very same women that have for many generations been the caretakers of the environment.

With the burden of environmental degradation being largely borne by the women living within and in the periphery of forests, the government has come out with a proposal to empower women to ensure sustenance of natural resources.
“It is essential that women play a greater role in the management of natural resources,� official sources said quoting the national environment policy (NEP), which was recently ...

In the face of several problematic policies and economic transactions that have taken natural resources and seed ownership out of the hands of female farmers in several third world contexts, the government of India is attempting to ...

So long, farewell

If I’m scarce the next couple of days it’s because I’m moving out of my much-beloved Brooklyn loft. Damn building is going condo and I’m moving my ass to the boonies of Woodstock, NY for the summer.
Random fact: they don’t have a cell tower there, so my new neat Blackberry will be useless. So depressing.
So please be patient if we’re posting a little less than normal over the next couple of days. I’ll be acclimating myself to trees, lakes, and drum circles.

If I’m scarce the next couple of days it’s because I’m moving out of my much-beloved Brooklyn loft. Damn building is going condo and I’m moving my ass to the boonies of Woodstock, ...

More. Duke. Crap.


As if yesterday’s post on the asshats that were dressed like Duke lacrosse players at Beta Breakers chanting “No means yes,” was not enough, this just troubles me so much further. The women’s lacrosse team of Duke is planning on wearing bracelets saying, “innocent” in their game against Northwestern. The complex system of issues this brings up for me is profound, but when it comes down to it, all I can think is how stupid of them. This is indeed the type of solidarity that often makes our culture intolerable for me.
via AP.

In a show of solidarity with the Duke University men’s lacrosse team, members of the school’s women’s team plan to wear sweatbands with the ...


As if yesterday’s post on the asshats that were dressed like Duke lacrosse players at Beta Breakers chanting “No means yes,” was not enough, this just troubles me so much further. The women’s lacrosse team ...

Women’s prisons consistently being shut down in GB.

Similar to the trend in California and other parts of the United States, it seems that Great Britain has also found the need to shut down female prisons, to make space for the high rates of male incarceration. Why is this a feminist issue? A varity of reasons. First of all, why is the rate of male incarceration going up in the UK and world-wide? This is a gendered problem where constructions of masculinity are in fact affecting crime rates. Furthermore, as women’s prisons are shut down they are forced into smaller, more overcrowded prisons with less resources and less ability to rehabilitate.
via BBC.

But Deborah Coles of Inquest said the news was concerning.
“The pressure this re-roling ...

Similar to the trend in California and other parts of the United States, it seems that Great Britain has also found the need to shut down female prisons, to make space for the high rates of ...

It’s okay not to menstruate

Unlike Jessica, I’m not very freaked out by the idea of birth control pills that don’t create a monthly period. Research is scant on the long-term health effects of using monthly birth control pills versus a trimonthly or no-period regimen, but we do know:

Early oral contraceptive developers selected a regimen of 21 days of active drug followed by 7 hormone-free days to mimic the average menstrual cycle. They believed such a regimen would be perceived as more “natural,” thereby making the new product more acceptable to potential users, prescribers, and the Roman Catholic church. [...] Oral contraceptive users have limited endometrial buildup and do not require monthly shedding of the lining. Despite the appearance ...

Unlike Jessica, I’m not very freaked out by the idea of birth control pills that don’t create a monthly period. Research is scant on the long-term health effects of using monthly ...

100,000 women trafficked annually in South Asia.

Damn.

Experts of South Asia Region (SAR)said that about 100,000 people are trafficked annually in SAR, state-run Radio Nepal reported here Tuesday.
“Majority of the trafficked are young women and girls and many of them are trafficked for the purpose of exploitation and prostitution,” speakers said at the three-day Regional High Level Meeting on Human Trafficked and HIV: Sharing of Good Practices Stocktaking and Moving Forward that kicked off here on Monday.
“Human Trafficking in SAR has taken many forms and occur for a variety of purpose like organ transplant, bonded labor, domestic servitude, sex trade, hazardous labor, marriage, illegal adoption and pornography,” the radio quoted the speakers as saying.

via China View.

Damn.

Experts of South Asia Region (SAR)said that about 100,000 people are trafficked annually in SAR, state-run Radio Nepal reported here Tuesday.
“Majority of the trafficked are young women and girls and many of them are trafficked for ...

The ‘Revolution’ has gone too far


I’ll admit to indulging in the occasional game of Dance Dance Revolution or its spinoff, Karaoke Revolution. But the latest in the video game series, Maiden Love Revolution, is truly disgusting.

Players assume the role of 220-pound Hitomi Sakurakawa as she struggles to slim down – mostly by restricting her diet. To advance, Hitomi must count calories and increase her exercise. The game keeps stats on her progress and ultimately rewards her conformity with a boyfriend.

Because thin is synonymous with self-improvement, and a boyfriend is the ultimate reward. Ugh. Why didn’t they call it Eating Disorder Revolution?


I’ll admit to indulging in the occasional game of Dance Dance Revolution or its spinoff, Karaoke Revolution. But the latest in the video game series, Maiden Love Revolution, is truly ...
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